Brine Management

Treatment and reduction solutions

Our innovative brine management solutions minimize volume, reduce your disposal costs, and maximize freshwater recovery.

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Treatment & Disposal

Brine management options may include treatment followed by disposal. Treatment desalinates brine and produces a more concentrated, lower volume fluid or solids which are easier to transport or dispose of. Disposal involves discharging brine to sewers, surface water, injection wells, or sending it to environmental service providers.


Saltworks’ brine management experts can help you to understand your treatment and disposal options, including discharge regulations and economics for your process.

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Understand Brine Chemistry

Water chemistry analysis is essential to understand key brine management factors such as salinity, scaling potential and content of metals or other contaminants. Our team can manage this analysis for you, perform feasibility testing, and develop a treatment solution that meets regulatory requirements, maximizes plant performance and up-time, and minimizes maintenance costs.

Maximize Membrane Recovery

Effective brine treatment firstly requires maximizing recovery of lower cost membrane systems—such as reverse osmosis (RO)—before additional treatment or disposal. The next step is comparing disposal options against thermal treatment, to decide whether to further concentrate your brine or treat it down to solids. We supply extreme recovery membrane brine concentrators comprised of our XtremeRO products coupled with our BrineRefine precision chemical softening systems.
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Minimal & Zero Liquid Discharge

Maximized your membrane recovery but need further brine volume reduction? Let us help you to de-risk your minimal or zero liquid discharge needs with expert information on preventing scale, solids handling and disposal, and overall cost of ownership. We also supply modular, fully packaged industrial evaporator-crystallizers for ultra-reliable thermal MLD and ZLD treatment, such as our SaltMaker product family.


Brine Management Related Products

BrineRefine Chemical Softening System

Smart, compact, modular chemical system that reduces costs with precise dosing and built-in solids management. Improves recovery & minimizes fouling risk with intelligent controls that communicate with downstream assets, like RO or evaporators. More ...

SaltMaker AirBreather Evaporator Crystallizer

The first evaporator-crystallizer with no atmospheric contact, important for water with volatile organics. Choose between no liquid water return or clean water that is safe for discharge. More ...

SaltMaker MVR Evaporator Crystallizer

Compact and only requires power to operate. Combines Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) technology with robust system design, solids management, and self-cleaning automation. More ...

XtremeRO Brine Concentrator

Next-generation water-maker and brine-concentrator based on reverse osmosis that achieves extreme freshwater recoveries, enabling cost-effective brine management and treatment of challenging organic-laden waters including oil & gas produced waters. More ...

Brine Management Related Resources

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RO Brine Treatment: Why Maximizing Reverse Osmosis Recovery Matters

Treating RO brine should be approached from two directions. First, maximize the recovery of lower cost membrane systems to minimize the volume for later steps. Second, weigh brine disposal options against thermal treatment technology to determine whether you need to concentrate your brine or treat it down to solids.

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